Should Short-Term Programs Get Federal Aid?

Last month, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos convened a Higher Education Summit. Attendees included non-profit higher education officers and leaders of various for-profit business heads. They met in Washington, D.C. over a four hour period. One of the attendees, Kathleen Plinske of Valencia College in Central Florida, made an interesting recommendation. According to the Department of Education’s blog, “Kathleen Plinske of Valencia College in Central Florida recommended simplification of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid for students with the greatest financial need and recommended that short-term training programs that have already been vetted and approved by another federal agency be eligible for U.S. Department of Education Title IV funding.”

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